Monthly Archives: April 2019

Automotive Tips from Courtesy Automotive Service: Making a Battery Last Longer

One thing all SAN CLEMENTE drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Courtesy Automotive Service can help maintain your battery. Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined. Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the SAN CLEMENTE are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge. Give us a call

Vive la Differential at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE

There are a lot of drivers in SAN CLEMENTE who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in CA these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most SAN CLEMENTE folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in SAN CLEMENTE to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service. To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any CA high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the start ... read more

Tracking True in CA: Wheel Alignment in SAN CLEMENTE

The biggest issue for SAN CLEMENTE area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Courtesy Automotive Service in SAN CLEMENTE. When undergoing an alignment service at Courtesy Automotive Service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings. Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction. SAN CLEMENTE drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see ... read more

Courtesy Automotive Service Automotive Tips: Alternator

Your alternator makes electricity to start and run your engine and all of the vital electrical systems in your vehicle. That’s everything from the on-board computers to the turn signals. And of course there is the entertainment system, seat heaters, power windows and everything you plug into the power outlets. After your alternator makes enough electricity to do all that, it recharges your battery with what’s left over. When SAN CLEMENTE drivers constantly have a low or dead battery, the alternator is usually a prime suspect. However, the alternator is just one vital component of the starting/charging system, and a problem with any of the other components could be the actual cause. In addition to the alternator, the charging/starting system includes the battery, starter, serpentine belt system and all of the electrical cables that connect them. Your Courtesy Automotive Service service advisor has a systematic process of testing components and connections to get to th ... read more